Bridal Boutique: The Little Atelier with Big Dreams

A few months ago, I texted the Baby Barangay girls in a panic. I had a tropical themed wedding to attend and didn’t want to spend an insane amount of money on a beautiful dress I would probably only use once. Patty (who is our forever godmother) came to my rescue and recommended Bridal Boutique: a new design group which was just about to open their first design studio.

She invited me to the event itself so I could chat with the designers and see if this was a right fit. I’m happy to report that everything went beautifully and this was the winning outfit that Bridal Boutique designed for me.
We decided to go for a two piece outfit that way I could wear the skirt an blouse again and again in other occasions. We also went with jersey and light fabric so that it wouldn’t be prone to wrinkling during travel and would be light enough to use in our humid, tropical weather. At the end of the day, it was perfection I am so glad I went with Bridal Boutique for this task.

I was curious to learn more about how this business started and what sets them apart so I invited founders, Tina Zamora and Kristine Ongcuangco to share more about the company. Here are some wonderful images from their launch as well.

Bridal Boutique owners Kristine and Tina during the launch. 

How did Bridal Boutique Start?
In 2015, right around the time Tina got engaged she started scouting Manila for boutiques that carried ready-to-wear gowns to find options as she was always apprehensive to get one made. The stress of having to wait to see it up until a few days or (if you’re lucky) weeks before the big day was too much.

The scarcity of choices in the city left Tina with no choice but to have one made. While waiting for the dress, she wanted a backup dress just incase. So during her work travels she was able to purchase one…okay, two dresses as options if she ended up not liking the custom made gown.

However, her designer pulled through and she loved her dress! She was just stuck with two beautiful dresses that she didn’t want to go to waste. So she tried selling them online to friends who might be looking for one.

Kristine, on the other hand, has always been into getting dresses and outfits made for her so the idea of having her own atelier was a dream.

From there, the two friends decided that maybe together they could come up with something great.

What sets you apart from other designer ateliers in the country? 
Here we want you to find the perfect dress just as much as you. So we take into consideration all your concerns and tailor fit what you need and want with what we can provide. We always go the extra mile in providing not just exceptional service but quality products, as well.

For our brides we know how finding a wedding dress can get tiresome especially if you can’t find the one you have in mind, so if our “ready-to-wed” selection cannot be altered to what you want, we also have a team of talented designers who work together along with our founders, to create what you’ve always dreamed of wearing as you walk down the aisle.

We make the creative process from design to production, exclusive and very personal; taking care of one bride at a time. We are a cut above the rest and definitely different from all the others because we have everything a bride could need from her dress to her hair piece, from her robe to her shoes; a one stop bridal shop. And all this value at a very generous price.

Who are your designers? 

We have three: Froilan Dosdosen, Dara Ang and Camille Villanueva.

Are you really just for weddings as per your name? What other events can you cater to? 

Not just for weddings. We also do formal and semi formal wear for men, women and children. We can also do day to day casual clothes and costumes.

Do you design items for men as well? 

Yes, we do. We just launched our very own menswear line called Man.Made.

How much time should a person give to get a design made? 

We can do rush order as fast as one month with a rush order fee. But ideally we’d appreciate 6 months time for wedding dresses. And one month for formal wear.

Where do you often source your materials and fabrics? 

We usually get materials from different fabric stores all over Manila depending on what we’re looking for.

Can people come to you with their own fabrics to customize? 

Yes! Thats okay too.

Can be people come to you for alterations on other dresses they have?

Yes they can.

What types of clothes would you say you specialise in? 

We’re blessed with such talented designers that we can pretty much cater to whatever the client needs. But if we had to say what we specialize in it would be wedding gowns and formal wear for women.

How can people see previous designs you’ve done? 

Our social media sites (Facebook, Instagram) have photos of previous designs and who wore them.


Bridal Boutique is located at Unit 2218 Tower B, Fort Victoria, 5th Avenue corner 23rd Street, Taguig, Metro Manila 1634

Contact them to book your appointment through their:

Facebook | Instagram | Website


Mobile Number: 0915-232-8380

All event photos shot by Chapter 1 Studios

Event produced by Events By Marge 


Beauty Giveaway: Lace x Rue

Lace x Rue is a small Cebuano beauty brand created by my talented friend Krista Pages. Blending her love of spa treatments and anything made by hand, Krista has created an assortment of premium quality scrubs and sprays that are guaranteed to be permanent fixtures in your bathroom cabinet. Here is her current line up of products and their descriptions.

Sugar Body Scrub (300ml P500) The sugar body scrub is put together with lovely things such as honey, lavender essential oil, and sweet almond oil to nourish your skin. Krista suggests rubbing the scrub towards the direction of your heart to improve circulation and improve lympathic system drainage in your body. I personally LOVE this scrub so much. It’s truly one of the best I’ve tried. It goes on like a dream and makes my skin feel baby soft the whole day.

Lip Buff in Spicy Chocolate and Mint Chocolate (100ml P295) These little jars are packed with exciting ingredients like brown sugar, ginger essential oil, cayenne pepper, cocoa powder and cinnamon. The sugar not only removes dry skin but the heat from the cayenne pepper will give lips a plumping effect. The Mint chocolate version is for those that want something a little milder. It uses spearmint, peppermint and wintergreen instead. I found that the spicy chocolate version totally did what it said it would and made my lips fuller and pinker!

Mermaid Hair Sea Salt Spray (100ml P195)  A dreamy sea salt spray put together with toasted coconut oil, vanilla essential oil, sea salt, a bit of hair gel, and water. These ingredients give hair long lasting beach waves. This spray definitely helped my naturally wavy hair achieve more shine and body and it smelled amazing. Definitely a keeper.

Great news for my followers: I’m giving away two jars of lip scrub (one in mint chocolate and one in spicy chocolate to two lucky Cat JL followers.) Here’s how to join:

  1. Like Lace x Rue on Instagram and Facebook 
  2. Share a picture from this blog entry in either IG or FB sharing why you’d like to win this product.
  3. Be sure to use the tag #catjlxlacexrue (be sure your post is public so we can see it)

Five finalists to be announced via this blog post and on my blog’s Facebook on March 22. First two finalists to email will get the scrubs delivered to them.


Here are the five finalists:


Must have a Philippine postal address to join. 

Learn more about Lace x Rue through their

Facebook | Instagram 


Seda Hotel Nuvali’s Summer Promotions

Located strategically in the middle of all the activity in Nuvali is Seda Hotel Nuvali. Boasting 150 rooms (and growing with a new expansion), this little hotel has always been one of my family’s favorite staycation destinations. You can read about our first time to explore Seda here.

I was recently invited back to Seda to check out their amenities and to learn more about all the wonderful family promotions that they have available. Here are some pictures from this recent trip. You can learn more about the promotions as well below.

Facilities: Here’s a list of some of my family’s favorite facilities at Seda.

Mist0 Dining: Delicious food all throughout the day at Seda’s comfortable restaurant.

Swimming Pool: For hours of fun in the sun and water.

Garden & Lagoon Loop: My kids love to run in grass and Seda Nuvali has a lovely little area by their pool. You can also take your kids walking around the loop of the lagoon for a guaranteed good sleep at night!

Fitness Center and Spa: For those with husbands like mine who love their massages and consider a run as part of a vacation, Seda Nuvali has a well-equipped fitness center and they can offer massages either in the spa or in your room.

Play Room & Game Center: Seda Nuvali also offers a playroom and game center to keep kids of all ages busy.

Club Lounge: Certain rooms are offered a chance to use the Club Lounge which boasts of a gorgeous view of the lagoon. As well as a number of newspapers and magazines.

Room Choices: There are three types of rooms available at Seda Nuvali. Here are their descriptions from the website:

Deluxe Rooms are 30 sqm in size, equipped with a king size or two twin beds, a 40-inch LED HDTV ning cable channels, media panel with HDMI, USB and audio-visual connectivity, complimentary Wi-Fi and broadband internet access, IDD phone with iPod dock, alarm clock, voice mail and radio, coffee and tea making facilities, in-room dining, mini-bar and in-room safe.

Club Rooms offer a range of exclusive privileges at the Club Lounge where guests are accorded extra personalized service and attention. Benefits include daily Continental breakfast, all-day refreshments and cocktails, iMac stations, work tables, reading materials, a wide-screen LED HDTV with cable channels and secretarial assistance.

Premier Rooms boast of a more spacious floor area of 37 sqm. They also offer access to the Club Lounge and its added advantages.

Decor: I’ve also loved the clean look of Seda Hotels and how they incorporate the art works of local artists into their hotels (You can check out the post I did on Seda BGC for some of their favorite artists.). Here are more pictures of the hotel.

Seda Nuvali has two promotions that are perfect for summer! Here they are below:

To learn more about Seda and how to book your own stay, please feel free to check out their:

Website | Facebook PageInstagram 

Seda Hotels are also located at:

Seda BGC (Manila) | Seda Abreeza (Davao) | Seda Centrio (Cagayan De Oro) | Atri (Iloilo) | Vertis North (Quezon City) 

Tel. No. +632.9458888